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Woodland stays in control, McIlroy three back

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25   //    06 Jan 2019, 07:48 IST
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Gary Woodland

Gary Woodland will hold the top spot on the leaderboard heading into the final round of the Tournament of Champions as Rory McIlroy stayed in touch.

Woodland, a three-time winner on the PGA Tour, shot a five-under 68 on Saturday to move to 17 under for the tournament at the Kapalua Plantation Course on the Hawaiian island of Maui.

He opened the third round mistake-free and carded three birdies before the turn. The only blemish on Woodland's scorecard came on the par-four 12th hole where he finished with a bogey.

However, he made up for it on the par-five 15th with an eagle for the outright lead.

McIlroy shot a five-under 68 to match his second-round score and move to 14 under for the tournament. The back-to-back 68s put him in sole position of second, three shots behind Woodland.

A 14-time champion on the PGA Tour, including winning the Arnold Palmer Invitational in 2018 to earn a ticket to this exclusive event, McIlroy has played 30 consecutive holes without a bogey. In Saturday's round, he carded five birdies – four on the front nine – to hold off a climbing Marc Leishman and Xander Schauffele.

Leishman jumped two spots up the leaderboard after shooting a five-under 68. His round was highlighted by six birdies, four of which were on the back nine, and just one bogey to sit in outright third at 13 under.

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Schauffele also carded a 68 to move into a two-way tie for fourth place with Bryson DeChambeau (70).

Dustin Johnson and Jon Rahm also moved up the leaderboard and sit in the top 10 after rounds of four-under 69.

The duo finished first and second at last year's tournament – Johnson won after going 24 under for the week and Rahm followed (16 under) – and will look to get into contention once again.

Jason Day plummeted down the leaderboard after shooting a two-over 75. Francesco Molinari and Brooks Koepka also dropped after each carded even-par 73s.

Cameron Champ and Ian Poulter also lost their spots inside the top 10 after rounds of one-over 74 and even par respectively. The two are tied for 13th place with Charles Howell III and Troy Merritt.

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